There had only been six NFL drafts where two quarterbacks were taken at number one and number two, overall, in the first round. This 2016 NFL draft is now the seventh draft where two quarterbacks were the first two picks off the board.
Jared Goff, the first quarterback taken by the Los Angeles Rams, seems like a solid pick, but I’m not sold on Goff.
At the University of California, Goff’s three years of experience against mostly average teams doesn’t make him a first overall pick. Also at the Rams, his main targets will be Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook. None of those three people are downfield threats. Austin and Bailey can easily make a 5-yard pass into a touchdown any given play, but the chances of that consistently happening every game all year is slim.
I give the Rams a B+ on their pick.
I think the Eagles got the better quarterback in Carson Wentz – who looks similar to an Andrew Luck-type quarterback.
Even so, according to Howie Roseman, the Eagles general manager, Sam Bradford is still the starting quarterback in Philadelphia. This seems highly unlikely after trading up from the eighth to the second pick just to take Wentz.
I give the Eagles an A- on the pick.
The San Diego Chargers made no shocking pick at number three by taking arguably the most athletic player in the entire draft, going with Joey Bosa of Ohio State.
The Chargers have also been in desperate need of a consistent pass rusher to insert in their 3-4 defense – one that has some good pieces to its secondary and linebacking core.
I give the Chargers an A+ on filling a role they desperately needed to fill.
One of the biggest surprises, was the Dallas Cowboys foregoing any defensive player.
Nine of the past 15 players taken in the first round by Dallas have been on the defensive side.
The last running back Dallas picked in the first round was Felix Jones. The last running back taken before Jones in 2008, was Emmitt Smith in 1990.
Taking Ezekiel Elliott was a smart move, which is rare for Dallas.
Elliott has been compared to Demarco Murray, but I think he’s more athletic than Murray. With the stellar offensive line that has been built in Dallas, I see no way that Elliott can flop on the Cowboys.
Dallas receives an A for filling a spot they needed to fill with an incredibly athletic running back.
At pick number five, I think the Jacksonville Jaguars snagged one of the most physical players in this 2016 draft.
Jalen Ramsey was a monster for Florida State’s defense the past two years. Though he didn’t receive turnovers his three years at Florida State, he was a majority of the pressure that led to turnovers for the Seminoles.
I give the Jaguars an A- for adding a solid player, but one who could possibly not pan out in the long run.